Summer can be a rough time for migraine sufferers. That's why we think you'll appreciate this month's newsletter so much! You'll find five ways to avoid summer triggers (including some-like sunscreen and bug spray ingredients-that may surprise you). Plus, learn about products that keep you cool even when it's hot and acupressure points that can ease off headaches naturally and more effectively than muscle relaxant medications.

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Tina Sanders
Tina Sanders

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5 Natural Ways to Prevent Summer Migraines

Do you get more migraines during the summer? You're not alone. A survey conducted by the National Headache Foundation discovered that 75% of people who experienced chronic headaches or migraines were often unable to enjoy outdoor activities due to changes in temperature, altitude, storms and wind. But weather isn't the only culprit. Summer brings a host of triggers-some of them you might never even suspect. Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what you can do to avoid summer migraines.

1. Stay cool. A study conducted by the New York Headache Center reports that headache risk rises as the temperature goes up, apparently because blood vessels in your skull expand and press against surrounding nerve endings, causing pain. On hot days-especially when humidity is also high-use the air conditioning indoors and seek shade outdoors. Brimmed hats and beach umbrellas are great ways to create your own shade! Plus, you may want to consider a magnesium supplement because heavy perspiration can contribute to a deficiency, which in turn can leave you vulnerable to migraines.

2. Keep the sun fun. Longer days can disrupt sleep patterns and the brightness of summer sun can be intense. Migraine sufferers are particularly sensitive to both. Again, brimmed hats and beach umbrellas are important. So are polarized sunglasses that protect against UV light and reduce glare. Do all you can to stick to a regular sleep pattern.

3. Drink this, not that. Drink water, water and more water! Summer heat can cause dehydration which is one of the most common migraine triggers. And avoid drinks with alcohol and caffeine. But watch out for "natural" drinks, too! Thanks to synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, even drinks like celery juice can contain high amounts of nitrates which are known to trigger migraines.

4. There's the rub. Migraine sufferers often have allergies and chemical sensitivities. For many, strong scents can also trigger migraines. Be very careful about choosing your sunblock, lotions and bug repellant. Don't risk going without these products, but do make sure they're fragrance-free and check the labels for additives or ingredients that might be triggers. For example, bug sprays with organophosphates or organochlorines have been associated with headaches, as is prolonged exposure to DEET.

5. Keep up with "down time." We all know that stress can trigger migraines, and there's plenty of stress in getting ready for a summer vacation. But did you know that migraines also can get more frequent during the first days of vacations or weekends? It doesn't seem fair that just as your body has a chance to relax, migraines turn "down time" into "down-and-out time." The best defense is to pace yourself during the week, especially a week leading up to vacation. Make plans well ahead, do a little at a time to get ready, etc. A steady pace means there's less stress and therefore less of a contrast when it's time to relax.

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Pills vs. Pressure: Which Beats Headache Pain Better?

Results from a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine suggest that when it comes to reducing chronic headache pain, one month of acupressure treatment is more effective than one month of muscle relaxant medications. Interestingly, the effect seemed to remain six months after the acupressure treatment. Further studies are needed to confirm these results, but in the meantime it's worth trying acupressure, especially since it comes without the side effects of muscle relaxants. To see the maximum benefit of acupressure, you should consult a trained professional.

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TRY THIS: When you feel a headache coming on, stop whatever you're doing. Place your thumbs on either side of your spine, right at the base of your head and apply pressure. Apply steady pressure for 30 seconds and then release. Repeat until the headache eases off. Click here for other pressure points that may help ease your headache.
Summer Migraines? Here's How to Chill Out

From the beach to backyard barbeques and summer softball games, you don't want to miss out on the fun because heat triggers summer migraines. That's why you may want to try some of the ingenious products designed to keep you cool even when it's really hot. Use your search engine to search on "cool wrap for neck." You'll see choices for everything from bandanas and headbands, to neck wraps and towels. Some of these devices use gels, some you soak in water, and most are reusable. Prices start at just a few dollars.

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